Welcome to the
The 13th Annual Haematology Oncology Symposium

Dear colleagues,

COVID-19 has impacted our lives in unprecedented ways. There has been so much loss and so much sadness. Yet there has also been innovation and new development: most notably the explosion of a virtual- and online world opening up endless possibilities. However, despite everything being so accessible, I cannot help but hear the words of the late Freddy Mercury resonate in my head more than ever before…”I want to break free!”

We are all virtually fatigued and hungry for personal interaction. Therefore, on behalf of the South African Clinical Haematology Society (SACHaS), it is with great excitement that we present to you the 13th Annual Haematology Oncology Symposium (HaemOnc 2021), to be held on 16-17 October 2021 at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch.

With the registration of numerous novel therapies; the appearance of a number of generics; and the addition of Thalidomide and Bortezomib to the EML, access to innovative therapy is becoming a reality for many more South Africans than ever before. Haematology in South Africa is truly entering an exciting era. We want to use HaemOnc 2021 as an opportunity to embrace this, to get more people on board and further ignite the Haematology passion by hosting an exciting, world class conference, not only for Clinical Haematologists, but also for Students, Nursing staff, Oncologists, Pathologists or anyone that shares our Haematology passion.

True to HaemOnc 2020 which suffered the universal postponement fate, the HaemOnc 2021 conference theme is:

“Haematology in Action”.

Our aim is to have 6 international experts and a variety of local speakers share their knowledge and expertise related to various diseases including Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, Chronic myeloid leukaemia, Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Myeloma, Acute Leukaemias and more. The focus is to use their expertise to help create a practical “action plan” applicable to the South African setting.

Our hope is also that you not only attend, but also become more involved in our clinical haematology society. We therefore invite you to become a member or associate member of SACHaS. For this year, the HaemOnc 2021 conference fee is included in a very reasonable annual SACHaS membership fee. Follow the HaemOnc 2021 registration link below and you will have the option of registering via a SACHaS membership fee, or independently. Our hope is to get everyone more involved, keep everyone more informed and enable greater unification of Haematology in South Africa, with a greater and more influential footprint.

We therefore urge you to take action! Click on the link below and register now! We trust that HaemOnc 2021 will live up to all your expectations.

See you there!

Yours sincerely,

Dr Hannes Koornhof
President: SACHaS